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Toenail Fungus Specialist

Svetlana Malinsky, DPM -  - General Podiatrist

Svetlana Malinsky, DPM

General and Pediatric Podiatrist located in College Park, MD

Toenail fungus is a common foot condition. Though symptoms vary, if your toenail fungus is causing pain or affecting your toenail’s color or growth, contact Svetlana Malinsky, DPM PC, in College Park, Maryland. The experienced podiatrists take an integrative and conservative approach to care and develop personalized treatment plans to clear up your toenail infection. To schedule an appointment, call, or book online today.

Toenail Fungus Q&A

What is toenail fungus?

Toenail fungus, also called onychomycosis, is a type of infection that affects your toenail. Various types of fungal organisms or yeast and mold may cause toenail infections.

Toenail fungus may affect anyone at any age. However, your risk of developing the toenail infection increases as you get older. You may also be at risk of developing a toenail infection if you have diabetes or a weakened immune system.

What are toenail fungus symptoms?

Toenail fungus symptoms vary depending on the severity of the infection. Initially, fungal infections start as white dots on your toenail. As the fungus grows, the whiteness spreads and may alter the color and thickness of your nail.

Common toenail fungus symptoms include:

  • Nails that are white, brown, or yellow
  • Thickened toenail
  • Brittle or cracked nails
  • Change in nail shape
  • Foul smell

If your toenail fungus is mild, you may be able to clear up the infection with over-the-counter antifungal medications. However, if your at-home care fails to improve your toenail infection or it worsens, contact Svetlana Malinsky, DPM PC.

You should also schedule an appointment with the experienced podiatrists if you have a history of diabetes, foot nerve damage, or poor blood circulation before trying any at-home treatments.  

What can I expect during a toenail fungus evaluation?

You can expect a comprehensive evaluation when you come in to see the team at Svetlana Malinsky, DPM PC, for the management of your toenail fungus. During your exam, the team reviews your symptoms, health concerns and needs, and medical history.

Then, they examine your toenails and feet. Though the team can diagnose a toenail fungus after a physical exam, they may take a sample of your nail and send it to a lab to confirm the diagnosis. 

The team then spends time talking to you about your toenail fungus and treatment options so you can make an informed decision about how best to proceed. 

How is toenail fungus treated?

The team develops individualized toenail fungus treatment plans based on the severity of your infection, your medical history, and personal health needs and goals. Treatment options include:

  • Over-the-counter antifungal medications
  • Prescription antifungal creams
  • Oral prescription antifungal medication
  • Medicated nail polish

If conservative measures fail to clear up your toenail infection, the team at Svetlana Malinsky, DPM PC, may temporarily remove your nail so they can apply antifungal medication to the nail bed.

Toenail fungus can affect the look and health of your toenails. For expert care, contact Svetlana Malinsky, DPM PC by phone or schedule an appointment online today.